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Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the public exploration center for the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the aquarium features more than 60 habitats of fishes and invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and beyond. An interactive museum showcases research discoveries by Scripps scientists on climate, earth and ocean science. The mission of Birch Aquarium is to provide ocean science education, to interpret Scripps research and to promote ocean conservation.

Birch Aquarium provides ocean science education through creative exhibits, programs and activities designed to help people use critical thinking, and to make science relevant to their daily lives.

Birch Aquarium interprets Scripps Institution of Oceanography research, emphasizing the interdisciplinary nature of the science used to study Earth, and inspiring public support of scientific endeavors.

Birch Aquarium promotes conservation through education and research, believing that with increased understanding of the ocean, people will respect and protect the marine environment.

Admission Rates
- Adult: $18.50
- Child (3 - 17): $14.00
- Senior (60+): $15.50
- Students or UCSD Staff with ID: $15
- Ages 2 and under: Free
- Active duty, reserve, veteran/retired US military ID holders receive $2 off each ticket.

Upcoming event at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Pier Walks At Scripps Pier

  • Tomorrow, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • A warm night lit by a full moon is the perfect time to explore one of La Jolla’s most prominent landmarks. The Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier, normally closed to the public, is used by scientists, students and aquarium staff for a variety of research projects. It also serves as a platform to collect local marine life and deploy small boats and oceanographic instruments. During this program you will discover ... Read more

All upcoming events at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

'Oddities: Hidden Heroes Of The Scripps Collection'Starts July 18, 2018

Pier Walks At Scripps PierTomorrow

Green Flash Concert Series: Pine Mountain Logs & VeniceSeptember 26, 2018

Perspectives Lecture: Feeling The HeatOctober 8, 2018

Cephalopod Celebration!October 20, 2018

Henry Herz: Book Reading & Signing October 20, 2018

'Squid Empire' Lecture & Book SigningOctober 22, 2018

Haunted Aquarium: Sea Monster MashOctober 26, 2018

Archives Of The Geologic CollectionsNovember 12, 2018

Let It Glow! November 29, 2018

Past events

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Business hours

Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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